Monday, 28 May 2018

Theater Basel | Dancelab 9

 For Dancelab 9, 5 dancers from the ballet ensemble at the Theater Basel present their own choreographies to the subject "shift".

Night Shift by Javier Rodriguez Cobos is a choreography about a nightshift at what seems to be a medical institution. The stage is very clean and clear and a bit futuristic, as well as the costumes of the two dancers. One of them seems to be very bored by her job and the other one very serious about it, but during the choreography we see that the serious one exploits a short moment of being alone to dream in her own little world. The choreography is very entertaining and creative and includes shadow-play and sometimes almost artistic elements that merge into one big glimpse into the nightshift and live of these two girls.

Annabelle Peintre
Lisa Horten-Skilbrei
Christoph Stürchler
Stefan Erny

Chrysalis by Alba Carbonell Castillo is a choreography about the process of change. Accompanied by wonderful music and a great play of light, the choreography is very touching and the way the different dancers interact seems to us like a process in which they pull each other closer, stay together for a little while and sometimes drift apart again, just to get back together into one big group of dancers. We liked the atmosphere and the engergy of the choreography a lot.

dancers: Diego Benito Gutierrez, Florent Mollet, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Andrea Tortosa Vidal, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Max Zachrisson
music: Cornelius Bohn, Beat Frei
light: Lukas Wiedmer
costume: Alba Carbonell Castillo, Relieve

Shift happens by Jorge García Pérez is about technologies that influence us in our lifes every day, and how the abundance of options and connections sometimes leaves us even more confused and lonelier than ever before. The music is very intense, and the outfits are very special and sexy. The choreography is very powerful and thrilling.

dancers: Lydia Caruso, Ismael del Valle, Rubén Bañol Herrera, Lisa Horten-Skilbrei, Anthony Ramiandrisoa, Marina Sanchez Garrigós, Dévi-Azélia Selly, Sidney Elizabeth Turtschi, Max Zachrisson
music: Philip Kannicht, Daniel Pemberton, Scott Roller
music arrangement: Max Zachrisson
video: Permi Jhooti
costume: Patrick Philippe Lecoultre
light: Julian Juarez Castan
choreographic assistant: Tana Rosás Suñé

Axolotl by Debora Maiques Marin is about the animal Axolotl, a type of salamander.
In the choreography one dancer visits a lecture about axolotls, and even just hearing the word somehow transforms both the student and the professor are taken to another world.
It is a very entertaining choreography.

dancers: Diego Benito Gutierrez, Piran Scott, Anthony Ramiandrisoa
music: Charles Bradley, Carter Burwell, Blixa Bargeld / Teho Teardo, Antonio Vivaldi
music arrangement: Christof Stürchler
light: Stefan Erny
costume: Debora Maiques Marin
choreographic assistant: Raquel Rey Ramos

er by Frank Fannar Pedersen is about magic in our lifes and how we can be magicians every day in our own world. The choreography starts with a clown who is following his lost hat and when he finds it again he finds not only one but many hats which he tries on one after the other and every hat has a different effect on him. Already this part of the choreography is very captivating and emotional and after this intro the clown joins a group of clowns, all dancing with their hats and creating their own magic on stage, with all of that leading to one big outburst of joy of living and happiness.
The choreography ends with a short film that is projected directly onto the dancers, closing the story of the lost hat from the beginning.
This choreography was incredibly intense and beautiful and we loved the way the dancers told their story. It triggered many different emotions in us, from pure joy to sadness but it left us delighted and with a very good feeling in our hearts.

dancers: Mirko Campigotto Lydia Caruso Lisa Horten-Skilbrei Gaia Mentoglio Javier Rodriguez Cobos Max Ossenberg-Engels Raquel Rey Ramos Andrea Tortosa Vidal Max Zachrisson
music: Charlie Chaplin, Sigur Rós
music arrangement: Christof Stürchler
video: Rubén Bañol Herrera 
light: Frank Fannar pedersen, Stefan Erny
costume: Frank Fannar Pedersen, Miriam Balli
choreographic assistant: Florent Mollet

All of the choreographies are amazing in their own way and the dancers are brilliant and we enjoyed the dancelab 9 very much.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Theater Basel | The Rake's progress

The rake's progress by Igor Strawinsky plays at the Theater Basel now, produced by Lydia Steier who already produced Donnerstag aus Licht by Karlheinz Stockhausen at the Theater Basel.
The Rakes progress is inspired by the copperplate Series "A rake's progress" by the British painter and engraver William Hogarth.
The opera tells us the story of the young Tom Rakewell, who is in love with Anne Trulove, but still seeks more in the world, he wants to become rich and famous and find a life full of luxury. When Nick Shadow shows up and offers his services, promising him a fortune when he follows him to London, Tom abandons Anne and follows Nick, not considering what the price for his services might be in the end.
He follows him into a world of glamour, crazy parties, art and money and the longer he is in this world the more he realizes that it can not fulfill him. Rather than going back to Anne he continues to search for more and the real purpose of his life, always following Nicks advice. Anne tries to save him but Tom gets lost more and more, he even marries the beardy turkish lady Baba and never doubts anything his friend and servant advises him, until he asks for his tribute - Tom's soul.
The opera is very impressive, colourful and powerful and the singers are fantastic. It mostly takes place in a huge frame that is set up on stage, a reference to the original copperplate series.
The mix of pop art and baroque elements makes the tragic story more colourful and entertaining.
There is so much attention to detail in this production and we liked it a lot.
The music was -as all the characters- very versatile and beautifully played by the orchestra of the Theater Basel, conducted by Kristiina Poska.

musical direction: Kristiina Poska
production: Lydia Steier
stage: Katharina Schlipf
coworker stage: Thomas Unthan
costume: Ursula Kudrna
light: Andreas Grüter
choir: Michael Clark
dramatic composition: Pavel B. Jiracek

Andrew Murphy as TRULOVE
Hailey Clark as ANNE TRULOVE
Matthew Newlin as TOM RAKEWELL
Seth Carico as NICK SHADOW
Theophana Illiewa-Otto as MOTHER GOOSE
Eve-Maud Hubeaux as BABA THE TURK
Karl-Heinz Brandt as SELLEM

© picture: Sandra Then

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Theater Basel | Romulus der Grosse (Romulus the great)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play Romulus the great plays at the Theater Basel now, directed by Franz-Yaver Mayr.
Romulus the great, a Roman tyrant who does nothing during his reign but breed chicken, eat and sleep awaits eagerly the day when the Germans finally invade rome and take over the power.
He sees no future for a state that is based on murder, repression and plunder and unlike his wife - who desperately wants to save her homeland he is relaxed and prepared to take whatever will come up to him.
In an incredibly entertaining way the story of Romulus, his family and his entourage is told, facing the national bankruptcy, the terrors of war and the conflict of interests that arises more and more during the evening.
The actors were excellent and as the stage setting was the same during almost the whole evening the light was used very targeted, marking little breaks between different scenes or creating a more comfortable or more threatening atmosphere.
We liked Romulus the great very much, it made us laugh and still we found it to be critical towards the society, facing problems that are still very current today.

direction: Franz-Xaver Mayr
stage: Michela Flück
costume: Korbinian Schmidt
composition: Matija Schellander
light: Tobias Voegelin
sound: Andreas Döbeli, Ralf Holtmann
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

Myriam Schröder as JULIA, HIS WIFE
Leonie Merlin Young as REA, HIS DAUGHTER
Florian von Manteuffel as TULLIUS ROTUNDUS & MARES, MINISTER
Nicola Mastroberardino as ACHILLES & PYRAMUS, SERVANT

three chickens (extras from the Theater Basel)

© picture: Kim Culetto

blickfang Basel 2018

The 9th blickfang Basel takes place from May 4-6 2018 at the hall 3 of the Messe Basel.
From the 150 exhibitors, around 60% are new exhibitors that are at the blickfang Basel for the first time. As always the blickfang is about finding inspiration for your own home and life and about having the opportunity to buy unique and limited pieces that are not mass produced. The exhibitors always have the chance to express their own attitude towards the production, consumption and their products, they remain connected to what is important to them and that is what connects us even stronger to the brand, if we find that we can identify with their values and the philosophy behind the product. The blickfang is always worth a visit and beside our must-go-to labels that we have seen at the blickfang many times before (like Jungle Folk) we always discover something new that impresses  or fascinates us. What we love most about the fair is that most of the times you get the chance to get in touch with the designers personally and hear about their inspirations, values and the stories behind their products.

CarrerBikes are luxurious wooden bikes that are handcrafted from exclusive and highest quality woods. The bikes are handcrafted in Italy using traditional Italian artisanal boat building techniques.
The bikes are very strong and endurable and very stylish.

The Zurich based sustainable and fair fashion brand Jungle Folk always surprises us with new beautiful and fashionable pieces that you will love for years and years to come.

Betonist, an arts and crafts atelier from Basel, creates indoor and outdoor home accessoires.
It is impressive how versatile they use concrete and combine it with other materials, to create unique pieces that are not only useful but also an eyecatcher.

Einstoffen is a swiss brand for glasses and sunglasses that also produces shirts and watches. Every piece is designed in Switzerland and produced in small factories in China under controlled and ethnical correct terms and conditions. 

das kleine b is a German brand that produces furniture and home objects in Hamburg, preferably from wood. The shapes are clean and modern, leaving the focus on the item you place inside rather than on the object itself, the object is like a simple yet beautiful frame for whatever you place inside.

Claudia Nabholz produces authentic and individual fashion, designed in Zurich and fairly produced in Thailand. The clothes she creates are unique, timeless and sustainable.